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South Florida Forecast

South Florida Forecast
South Florida Forecast

Capt. Alan Sherman covers Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable, including Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead.

May 13 - 15

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the east southeast at 5 to 15 knots this weekend.

Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef

The ocean inlets continue to produce action from tarpon, snook, large jack crevalles, and big sharks. Live mullets and large shrimp have been getting the most strikes. Snook can be targeted for catch and release along the surf and in the trough early and late in the day. Once the lifeguards man their stands no fishing is allowed. The offshore bite has been good this week. Sailfish have been biting almost everyday. Small and medium size kingfish, blackfin tuna, bonitos, a few wahoo, dolphin fish, barracudas, and sharks are being hooked and caught everyday. Fishing live baits under a kite is the number one way to get into the action but plenty of fish are being caught with freelined live baits and fresh dead Spanish sardines and ballyhoos. Most of the bites are coming near the surface but as the day gets warmer the fish move deeper and you may need to add a little weight to get the baits deeper in the water column.  The best depths to target has been between 100 to 200 feet of water. Over the artificial wrecks large black, gag and red groupers are being caught on live pinfish fished near the bottom. Some big amberjacks , cobia, and large mutton snappers are also being caught on the wrecks. At night over the natural reefs in 45 to 60 feet of water a mixed bag of yellowtail, mutton, mangrove, and lane snappers are taking cut baits fished near the bottom. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 6:50 PM.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Baitfish schools continue to be hard to find in North Bay. However schools of migrating mullets continue to move through the bay.  Large jack crevalles are roaming the bay. Seatrout can be caught over live manatee grass. Cast 1/4 ounce Hookup lure jig heads tipped with a Gulp shrimp or swimming mullet for the trout. You can also fish a live shrimp under a Cajun Thunder. Nighttime tarpon and snook fishing has been good. Look for these fish under dock lights and along bridge shadow lines. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 9:17.

South Biscayne Bay

High winds have made bonefishing tough. The fish are there but tough to see. The Finger Channels have been slow. Tarpon have been feeding along Hobie Beach and around the Bear Cut bridge. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday morning will be at 8:47.


High winds and negative tides have muddied the waters of Florida Bay. If you can find some green-colored water near a flat, shoreline or channel, you stand a decent chance of catching small to medium size snook and lots of sharks. During two days of fishing in Florida Bay my clients released close to 40 snook and some big sharks. Action in Whitewater and Oyster Bay has been slow with a few snook, redfish, tarpon and seatrout being caught. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be 9:13 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is 7:44 in the morning.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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